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Representative from Indiana; born in Mauckport, Harrison County, Ind., May 7, 1842; attended the common schools, Corydon High School, and Indiana University at Bloomington; taught school; served in the Union Army during the Civil War as second lieutenant and captain in the Thirteenth Indiana Volunteer Cavalry, which he had assisted to organize; was mustered out as captain and returned to Mauckport; deputy county auditor of Harrison County 1866-1868; deputy county clerk of Harrison County 1868-1870; appointed by President Andrew Johnson as assessor of internal revenue in 1867, but was not confirmed by the United States Senate; studied law; was admitted to the bar in Corydon, Ind., in 1871 and practiced in Indiana and Kentucky; member of the State senate 1874-1878; editor of the Corydon Democrat 1879-1882; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-seventh and Forty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1885); chairman, Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Forty-eighth Congress); was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1884 to the Forty-ninth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Corydon; appointed assistant commissioner of the General Land Office on October 1, 1885, and commissioner on March 27, 1888; resigned March 4, 1889, but remained in charge until June 20, 1889; continued the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1896; served as legal expert in the Department of Labor in 1918; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C., until his death there on June 1, 1930; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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